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Searchers find body of missing man in Haines

An unrelated search underway for 19-year-old in Sitka

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 1:54pm  |  Updated: November 14, 2013 - 1:09am

Alaska State Troopers said searchers on Wednesday located the body of a man who was reported missing in Haines.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the family of 26-year-old Jonathan Ward has been notified. No foul play is suspected, she said.

Ward’s remains will be transported to the State Medical Examiner Office in Anchorage for an autopsy to verify the cause of death. Peters said troopers believe it was a suicide.

Alaska State Troopers in Haines, the Haines police and fire departments and a K-9 and dog handler with the Juneau-based SEADOGS searched for Ward after concerned family members reported him missing on Tuesday morning.

Peters said Ward was last seen leaving his residence on Mud Bay Road in Haines at about 4:30 a.m. Friday morning. Peters said troopers received reports that Ward was consuming alcohol and intoxicated at that time.

Ward was located by the SEADOGS K-9 in a wooded area about 900 meters southwest of the Southeast State Fairgrounds in Haines, which was less than a mile away from where he was last seen. Peters said searchers found two firearms by his body.

In an unrelated case, another search is underway for a 19-year-old missing man in Sitka. Troopers said Scott Falzerano Jr. was last seen by a family member going into the woods behind his house at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Anyone with information about Falzerano’s whereabouts are asked to call troopers in Juneau at 465-4000 or the Sitka Police Department at 747-3245.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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